Gibbs guides Dynamos home
Herschelle Gibbs scored an unbeaten 83 as Durham crushed Derbyshire by eight wickets in their Friends Life t20 North Group clash.
It was the second half-century of this year’s competition for the South African, who crunched nine fours and three sixes to see the Dynamos to their target of 132 with 17 balls left.
The Falcons chose to bat first and were restricted to 131 for seven, with Chris Rushworth and Scott Borthwick taking two wickets apiece.
Australian seamer Mitchell Starc claimed wickets from the final two deliveries of the match as Yorkshire defeated reigning champions Leicestershire by four runs at Grace Road to move top.
South African David Miller top scored with 37 for the White Rose, who had six players reach double figures in their 151 for nine.
Ramnaresh Sarwan’s 39 gave the Foxes hope but, with nine required from the final over, Joe Root ran out Robert Taylor before Starc snared the Foxes’ eighth and ninth wickets with two yorkers in a thrilling climax.
Hampshire’s Sean Ervine compiled a dazzling 75 not out in a four-wicket victory over Middlesex, for whom Paul Stirling's unbeaten 82 proved in vain.
The in-form Stirling registered a half-century for the third successive match and went on to reach his highest score in 20-over cricket to help Middlesex to a healthy total of 156 for two.
However, Ervine then shared 69 for the fourth wicket with Simon Katich before sealing the victory by crashing a four off Tim Murtagh in the final over.
Paul Best, playing in just his second game for Warwickshire, took 3-19 to help set up another comfortable victory for the Bears in the Midlands/Wales/West Group.
The left-arm spinner, fresh from featuring in the Varsity match between Cambridge University and Oxford, also claimed a catch and a run out as Gloucestershire, playing without Kane Williamson for the first time, were limited to 122 for seven.
A second-wicket stand of 69 between Varun Chopra and Jim Troughton put the Bears in prime position and the former saw them home with an unbeaten 56.